Hammacher Schlemmer publishes its first catalog specifically for the United Kingdom. The 56-page catalog introduces Britons to our selection of the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected, such as The Best Commuter Cup, The Only Complete Swiss Army Knife, and The Magic Wand Remote Control.
On October 5, Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple, Inc., lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs' introduction of the Macintosh personal computer, the iPod, and the iPhone not only spawned new industries, but changed the way people interacted with their world. According to reports, his last words, spoken hours before his death, were: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
In February, we introduced The Light Cycle, an illuminated, street-legal motorcycle inspired by the computer-animated cycle from the 2010 film Tron: Legacy. Electroluminescent strips built into the tire cowlings, wheel rims, and body illuminate the cycle. Powered by a fuel injected Suzuki 996cc, 4-stroke engine, each motorcycle is built to order and sells for $55,000.
In a spoof of the movie Return of The Jedi by the animated television series Family Guy, Luke (Chris Griffin) steals Yoda's credit card and immediately calls Hammacher Schlemmer to place an order.
Our Mid-Summer Supplement features The 20 Foot Animatronic Triceratops, a motion-sensing replica of the 67-million-year-old Cretaceous creature. Motion-activated cameras in its eyes recognize onlooker's facial features, triggering head bobbing, stomping and scuffing of its feet, and realistic vocalizations from its hidden 1,000-watt speaker. Crafted by professional sculptors for museum display, the massive creature can be added to a personal menagerie for $350,000.